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Changing the Speed of Time

We may not be able to manipulate the speed of light, but by tinkering with the neural connections that indicate its passage in our brains, we may be able to alter the speed of time--or at least with how fast the human brain PERCEIVES it to be. New research suggests timekeeping in the brain is decentralized, with different neural circuits having their own timing mechanisms for specific activities.

This explains why, under certain conditions, the subjective sense of how much time has passed feels different. For instance,. time seems to drag slowly when we're taking a test and to speed by when we're having fun.

Stress affects that amount of chemicals such as adrenalin in the brain, and scientists know adrenalin affects the rate of activity of neuronal activity. In the November 5th edition of the Daily Mail, Damien Gayle quotes researcher Geoffrey Ghose as saying, "And in our model, a change in the activity decay rate is all you need to have a different sense of 'what time' it is."

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